Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Beauty on a Tuesday

We are well into April and by now I think it's safe to say that spring has officially sprung! This is such a wonderful time of year; with it comes lovely warm breezes, birdsong and blossoms and picnics and sunshine and sandals and ice cream and... short skirts. :)

Are your legs ready?

 ~Brush at The Body Shop. Shoes at TOAST. Tinted Self tanning Leg Gel at Lancome.~

Tips for Skin Brushing *

To brush your skin, start at you feet and sweep up the legs in long, light brisk movements. All skin brushing movements should be towards the heart, to encourage the return of blood and encourage lymphatic flow.

Pay particular attention to the cellulite-prone areas like your thighs. Brush your abdomen with a circular clock-wise motion. Brush your arms with an upward motion, moving towards the heart. The whole processshould take two to five minutes.

Don’t be too rough. Overbrushing causes the skin to turn red and become irritated

Do it first thing in the morning, when the increased blood flow will help wake you up, or before you take a shower.

*{Excerpt from an article on Skin Brushing by Anitra Brown at About.com}

Besides combating cellulite and rough skin, dry brushing can be beneficial to your overall well-being. If you would like to read more, check out this extensive article.


drollgirl said...

oh my feet and legs are a mess! and they are most certainly not looking so great with sandals as i am A GHASTLY WHITE!! hahahahah! mani pedis help, and i need to get a self-tanner, STAT. and a good one! these legs need help! :)

Mamman said...

Precis vad jag behöver inför Kretaresan! Tack

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Love the brush! xo

Liz said...

I've been curious about the skin brushing for a while. Is it necessary to do it with dry skin or can you do the same thing in the shower? Thanks for the tips Emelie!

Emelie Stanfield said...

Thanks for the question, Liz!

I've been told that dry brushing is the most effective way to exfoliate; I guess because dry skin is free from the 'barrier' of water, the brush can work deeper, stimulating the blood flow further to eliminate toxins.

(I've added a link to the post with a little more info:)

Miss you! x

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